Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Title: The Only Good Indians
Author: Stephen Graham Jones
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Length: 320 Pages
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Blurb: Peter Straub’s Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.
Why I’m Excited for It: I think I included Jones in a couple posts recently, and he’ll be featured in an upcoming review, but I recently read Mapping the Interior and I absolutely cannot get that book out of my head. I liked his prose from the moment I picked it up, and while I wouldn’t necessarily call the plot fast paced, the pacing was appropriate to the length.
Then I got to the ending, and I was just so disturbed by it, my initial reaction was: “I don’t know if I like this.” But since I’ve put it down, I keep turning it over and over, trying to suss out the meaning and what happened. Now I feel a need to go binge everything he’s ever written, and this story is no different.
My excitement at finding a possible new favorite author aside, this blurb sounds perfect for a horror story. Vengeful entities and old secrets between friends? Yes please.